Bandon Dunes (Old Macdonald) - Oregon - USA

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort,
57744 Round Lake Drive,
Bandon,
Oregon 97411,
USA


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  • Don Crowe

  • Tom Doak, Jim Urbina

  • Steven Borror

Generally accepted as one of the best modern golf resorts in America, Bandon Dunes further enhanced an already stellar reputation with the unveiling of another world-class 18-hole layout in the summer of 2010. When developer Mike Keiser decided to expand his burgeoning Oregon golf complex, he turned to the tried and trusted Renaissance Design company that built Pacific Dunes a decade earlier and so Tom Doak and Jim Urbina headed up the team that took three years to create the Old Macdonald course.

The fourth 18-hole layout to grace the Bandon Dunes property, Old Macdonald, has been built in the architectural spirit of Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor. Macdonald is widely regarded as the Father of American golf course architecture, designing the momentous National Golf Links of America on Long Island a century before, with Raynor acting as his construction engineer. Many of the National holes like “Redan,” “Sahara” and “Alps” are based on their famous British originals and these inspirational classic holes have equivalents on the new tribute course at Bandon Dunes.

The landscape for Old Macdonald is totally different to that found on the Pacific Dunes layout so it’s no real surprise to learn that the courses are totally different in style, even if the same architect was involved in their design. The course begins inland, moves over the dunes on the 3rd then spends most of the round in the open with splendid views of the Pacific before heading inland again on the last two holes. Three of the four par threes on the scorecard are played on the front nine at holes 2, 5 and 8 so visitors are advised to have their short game in good order as it will be severely tested early in the round.

Fairways are very forgiving, often 60 to 80 yards in width, and (like the original National course) the greens are enormous with a combined area in excess of 6 acres – almost as big and as bold as the putting surfaces on the Old Course at St Andrews. Although they all look natural, only two of the putting surfaces (on holes 3 and 9) occupy true, lie of the land green sites, which speaks volumes for the work of the shapers on the remaining 16 holes, as their greens blend in seamlessly with their surroundings.

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Description: The fourth layout to grace the Bandon Dunes property, Old Macdonald, has been built in the architectural spirit of Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor. Rating: 9 out of 10 Reviews: 15
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Ben Payne
This is the best course at Bandon in my view. One of the most enjoyable courses i have been lucky enough to play (Royal County Down would be the only course that i would recall enjoying more). Of the Bandon courses Old Mac is comfortably the best condition and the purest of of the links courses there. The green 'complexes' are the most interesting and challenging of any course i have ever played. In my view the order of enjoyment of courses at Bandon is 1) Old Mac, 2) Trails - which i think has a number of similarities to Pine Valley, but i actually enjoyed Trails more, 3) Pacific Dunes - great course but not as interesting or original as Old Mac, 4) Bandon - some great holes, but less memorable than the other courses. I was somewhat surprised by the condition of the greens at Pacific and Bandon Dunes in early August when we played were significantly worse than the other 2 courses.,
August 10, 2014
10 / 10
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Jeff
January 12, 2015
Old Macdonald is the most overrated course I have ever played. The green complexes are awful, contrived...like playing on a bad miniature golf course. Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes are very, very good. I''ve played a lot of the top courses in the U.S., Scotland, and Ireland...Old Macdonald is not even close to being a top 100 course.
Brock Lynch
Played Old Mac late June 2013. Of the courses at Bandon Dunes Resort, Old Mac is the most fun to play. Yes, the fairways are wide, but the challenge from the tee is not always simple. There are bunkers to avoid and better lines of play to get to. The challenge of this course is scoring around the greens. You will put from everywhere because that is the proper play. There are some great holes on this course. The tee shot on the par 4 3rd is glorious. You must drive over a ridge that has to be 60 or 70 ft high to a tumbling fairway. Into the wind, you must trust your swing completely. The par 4 4th is a monster, again into the wind, with a fairway above you and a long second shot awaits. The par 5 6th is very interesting after the tee shot with a super undulating green that is much wider than it is deep. The par 4 7th is my favorite hole on the course. A fairway bunker on the inside left corner of the dogleg should be avoided and there is much more room on the right of the fairway than you can see. The second shot seems to be straight up in the air to the top of a ridge to a huge undulating green. A most incredible view awaits you when you reach the green at the top of the ridge. This is a dramatic and wonderful hole. The downhill par 3 8th is divided by a dip that runs across the entire green. The par 4 11th is a fairly good replica of the road hole at St. Andrews. A very simple design that makes for a very challenging golf hole. The par 4 14th is a great short par 4 with a well bunkered and wide fairway and a straight up hill second shot to a wonderful undulating and massive green. The par 5 15th is downhill off the tee and the second shot must avoid a huge bunker (I think it is called Hell) that is about 100 yds short of the green. The green sits on the same ridge that you encounter on the 7th. More glorious views! The par 4 16th is downhill and doglegs around (or over) a 50 ft ridge in which a direction pole sits on top. You are not sure what awaits your second shot... the boarded green side bunker?... a friendly right kick on to the green from the fairway short that does bank to the right?...maybe you'll go long and sit next to the bell that will warn those behind you that you've completed the hole. More glorious golf! The last two holes are not to the level of the rest, but you have experienced so much great golf that you do not mind. This is a great course and should not be missed by anyone who loves links golf.
July 05, 2013
10 / 10
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Fergal O'Leary

I first visited the Bandon Dunes resort in 2008 and could tell that it had 3 world class courses, each with different architects. With a reputation of being the best golf destination in America, the sheer whispers of a 4th course being created sent ripples of excitement around the golfing community. There is so much precious golfing canvas at Bandon that people will come from far and wide to play. Every living architect wants a course at Bandon.

This past September, I once again arrived at Bandon Dunes with such great anticipation of playing Old MacDonald. With its recent induction into the Top 100 golf courses in the USA and the world by Golf Magazine, and with Tom Doak signing off on the layout, the bar was set pretty high.

Once you come over the hill on the 3rd hole, you bear witness to a vast stretch of glorious links-land. The greens at Old Mac made my jaw drop and I credit Doak for an excellent result at Old MacDonald.

There are many outstanding links holes and really force the golfer to play the bump-and-run shot. You know you’re on a superb golf course which can’t be found anywhere else in America. The best holes for me included the 9th (Cape), 10th (Bottle), 11th (Road) and 16th (Alps). I’m confident that I will play this course again, and I’m sure the more I play it, the more I’ll appreciate it.

November 06, 2011
8 / 10
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Hugh
November 07, 2011
A very interesting review from a student clearly serious about golf course architecture. I’m not an expert in CB Macdonald designs, but wasn’t he a pupil of Old Tom Morris and while CBM may hold the moniker of the “Father of American Golf”, wasn’t he basically a copycat architect?
Brock
July 03, 2013
It is apparent that you have not played much links golf. Putting from anywhere is not a novelty on links courses, it is a necessity. If you have played the Old Course in St. Andrews you will not think that long putts of over 100 ft would make a great designer like Donald Ross "roll over in his grave". There are many great holes on this course and #7 is one of the best, which you did not mention. This course is certainly worth the journey and for different reasons is at or near the level of Pacific Dunes. If you enjoy links golf, you must give Old Mac a better rating than 4. Also, you can't judge a course by the names of the holes on the scorecard. Who looks at those names anyway?
Blake
As a frequent pilgrim to Bandon for the last few years, I had been eagerly awaiting the opening of Old Mac. I have played it twice now, and must admit I am not as excited about it as I expected to be. It is a wonderful layout, and the influence of some of the courses in Scotland is obvious in the design but, like the Castle Course at St Andrews, I feel the greens let this course down just a little. I enjoy challenging greens with undulations and interesting pin positions, but it seemed that every green was slightly tricked up, and it was not possible to aim at the flag in most cases. The course is a good enough layout that crazy greens are not needed. Perhaps they will follow the lead of the Castle Course and change some of the greens to make it a little fairer and more playable.... Still, a very enjoyable course, probably the 3rd best in the Bandon complex.
May 30, 2011
6 / 10
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Hans Berntson
If this is the first review something is really wrong. This must be the most obvious albatross to open in many years. Every hole is an absolute delight. The opener and the second are both quite good, but at the third the fireworks really begin and from then on you are in for a real treat. We travelled all the way from Sweden to play here and I'm pretty sure we're coming back. For me that would be a third visit as I was here in '08 too. And if you go, the drive up from San Francisco is nothing but fantastic.
March 23, 2011
10 / 10
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Jim McCann
March 23, 2011
You surely didn't travel all that way from Europe to just play the new 18 holes at Old Macdonald - where's your review for the other Bandon Dunes courses ?!?
todd
May 30, 2011
the only thing better than the drive from SF is the drive down the OREGON coastline from portland. Long live golf at Bandon!